Canada's medical marijuana overhaul plan--the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations--will be implemented starting October 1, 2013. The $1.3 billion initiative represents a massive change for the medical cannabis industry in the country, and marks the beginning of large-scale cannabis agriculture. From the Huffington Post:
It will be a huge change for medicinal weed in Canada.
Until now, medical pot has been produced only by individual growers, who are not allowed to supply more than two people each. Starting this April, those small-time growers will have their licenses nullified, and large, privately owned weed farms (including a former Hershey factory in Ontario) will replace them.
There remain quality, safety and access concerns among pro-cannabis activists in the country, but a simplified system for medical cannabis patients and lower prices appear to be two of the benefits of the new regulations:
Once the system is up and running, the price of the ganja could fall to as low as $3 per gram, said senior Health Canada official Sophie Galarneau, according to The Canadian Press. But the weed will start at $7.60 a gram, the news agency notes, which is more expensive than the $5 per gram it currently sells for.